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Dynamic:01 : The Best of

Posted by martinteller on June 8, 2013

In the absence of any feature work in the past 7 years, the best way to see what David Lynch has been doing with himself lately (not much these days besides music) is to be a member of his website.  Unfortunately, membership costs money and even though I love his work, there are very few websites I would pay for.  However, he did release this DVD collecting some of the “best” material previously available only to paying members.

The Darkened Room – A Japanese woman shows us the view from her apartment, tells us some facts about bananas, and then pleads with us to look at her friend, sitting alone in a darkened room.  A drama unfolds.  With ties directly to Inland Empire, this is Lynch taking the mundane, making it silly, then taking us somewhere chilling.  He really makes the directness of the “cheap” digital video work for him.  8

Boat – The problem with Lynch’s shorts is that they often feel like mere whims.  Undeveloped ideas half-heartedly fleshed out in the editing suite.  The rumbling soundtrack that is usually so effective in his work didn’t do anything for me here, but I did get a chuckle when the boat pulls out of the dock and there’s David in it.  4

Lamp – Lynch mixes colors and applies a plaster substitute called “Fix-All” (actually “Fix-It-All” according to the bag) to an “organic lamp” home project he’s been working on.  There’s no artistic value to this, and it’s virtually indistinguishable from any ordinary YouTube DIY video.  But I just love listening to the guy talk.  His casual, Midwestern-y drawl just puts me at ease, and I love how down-to-earth he is.  Put him and Herzog in a room together, and I could watch them talk about anything for hours.  7

Out Yonder: The Neighbor Boy – Oh lord.  I’ve already seen a couple of these and they were excruciating.  Lynch and his son hang out on lawn chairs, and with pitched-high voices, discuss some bizarre situation while using the words “beez”, “bein'” and “beez bein'” about a billion times.  Almost as painful as the “Dumbland” series.  2

Industrial Soundscape – A 5-second loop of computer animation repeats over a 10-minute drone of ambient/industrial music.  The music is not bad and that object in the foreground is intriguingly indecipherable (looks like a partially melted sundae without the dish).  But pretty worthless overall.  3

The Bug Crawls – Another animation, in which a giant insect approaches a house (or a normal insect approaches a tiny house) and climbs up it.  This one works better than the previous one due to its sense of progression and some small amount of “narrative” tension.  The sound of the bug’s legs is really icky and unnerving too.  6

Intervalometer Experiments – Three time-lapse photography shorts.  Two of them are utter snoozefests and not even worth describing.  The other shows a stone staircase and as the sun changes position, shadows from a nearby tree start to creep up on it and eventually overwhelm it.  It’s a fairly neat effect, especially in conjunction with the soundtrack, but nothing to get too excited about.  3

Q&A – Eight segments where Lynch answers questions from subscribers.  There’s nothing hugely revelatory here (“What was it like working with Marilyn Manson?”) but as I said, I enjoy listening to the dude talk about stuff.  7

As a whole this is a pretty weak package, except for seriously hardcore Lynch fans.  I would have been disappointed if I’d bought this, but there are a few good bits if you can find it for rental somewhere.  Rating: Fair (60)


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